Graham Hughes

Advanced Professional Member
Location CHESTER, CH1, Cheshire
Mobile 07851 433 505
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Services

Copy-editing for publishers

Using Microsoft Word with Track Changes and commenting.


Proofreading for publishers

Marking up PDF documents in:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader – using the Comment feature
  • PDF-XChange Editor – using stamps for the BSI symbols, or other notation as required.

Business editing

This flexible service can be of great help in enhancing a business’s written material – such as reports, proposals, newsletters and marketing content – by:

  • making it clear, concise, readable, coherent, consistent and professional
  • considering the target audience and its specific needs, along with key business priorities
  • eliminating jargon, business-speak and overblown language.

I normally either use Microsoft Word (with Track Changes and commenting) or mark up PDF documents in Adobe Acrobat Reader (using the Comment feature), but can also consider other methods.


Style guide deveIopment

Creating or revising a style guide, to help ensure consistency in an organisation’s written output.


My website has more on what I can do for you, plus guidance on pricing and payment.

Editorial experience

Please visit my website for a detailed portfolio and full list of testimonials (you can find some at the end of this page).


Work

Editing and proofreading

  • Books: trade non-fiction (mainly sport, including football and cricket), academic, educational/professional, self-help, fiction
  • Business documents: reports, reviews, bids, proposals, guides, personnel profiles
  • Marketing material: client magazines, newsletters, website content, blog posts, catalogue, menus
  • Online training material, staff training guides
  • Research papers, articles, theses, dissertations, essays
  • School reports

Other

  • Ongoing revision and updating of a corporate style guide
  • Creating a style guide for a publisher
  • Review of ‘brand lexicon’ for a hotel chain’s menus

Customers

Publishing

Eclipse Publishing & Media | Integra (for Palgrave Macmillan) | Pitch Publishing | Prestel | RefineCatch (for Bloomsbury) | Swales & Willis (for Taylor & Francis / Focal Press, Routledge) | Taylor & Francis / Routledge | TSO (The Stationery Office) | Wearset (for Taylor & Francis / Routledge)

Other businesses

Auriel Equities – asset management | Construction Marketing Experts | Grist – B2B communications agency | Harry, Larry & Gary – design agency | Hartey Wealth Management | Intuitus – IT consultancy | Rowan – marketing agency | TMF Group – business advice | Various other businesses

Other organisations

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) | Kelsall Parish Council | King Edward VI School | Society for Editors and Proofreaders

Individuals

Independent authors | Researchers, students, freelances, jobseekers

Training, CPD and education

Training

SfEP:

  • Plain English for Editors (2019)
  • Editing Digital Content (2019)
  • Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics (2017)
  • Mentoring for Copy-Editing (2016)
  • Copy-Editing Progress (2016)
  • Mentoring for Proofreading (2014)
  • Proofreading Progress (2014)
  • Introduction to Copy-Editing (2014)
  • Introduction to Proofreading (2013)

Publishing Training Centre:

  • Copy-Editing – Merit (2015)
  • Basic Proofreading – Merit (2014)

Online Content Training:

  • Online Content: Writing and Editing Skills (2018)

PRINCE2 (project management):

  • Accreditation at Foundation level (2008)

CPD (continuing professional development)

  • Regular involvement in SfEP local groups: attending many meetings, and coordinating the Manchester group for two years
  • Frequently using and contributing to the SfEP’s online forums, including two years as an administrator
  • Attending each annual SfEP conference from 2015 to 2019
  • Reading articles and books on editing, proofreading and related subjects such as plain language 

Education

BSc (Hons) Data Processing – Loughborough University, 1987

Background

I worked in IT for 26 years as an analyst, developer, project manager and team leader, in the transport, financial services, government (US, state-level), telecommunications and retail sectors. Employers: British Rail, Strategic Systems Solutions, Pinkerton Computer Consultants, Capgemini.

I’m also the author of a book on the history of football, rugby and all related sports.

Subjects

I can work with most subjects, but have specialist knowledge of the following:

  • Information technology – analysis, computer programming, testing, project management, quality assurance, support
  • Sport and its history
  • Rock and pop music

I also have substantial experience of editing business material.

Testimonials

As a new publisher first starting out, I needed to source a new editor to assist with the launch of my publications. I came across Graham’s listing as an editor on the Society for Editors and Proofreaders’ website – the go-to professional body for publishers when they require the expertise of an editor or proofreader.

Graham is exceptionally good at what he does, and the standard of his copy-editing services is outstanding and beyond my expectations; he is professional, reliable and an extremely efficient editor. He takes charge of the project and manages the whole process from start to finish, interacting well with both publisher and author, ensuring every aspect of the copy-editing process is well sewn together and delivered to the typesetter in a well-structured way.

My authors have been very impressed with his work. In particular, how flexible and accommodating he has been outside of core office hours, responding swiftly to queries raised, keeping my books on schedule – especially when there has been a tight deadline to adhere to!

I would highly recommend his services.

Tracey Dobby, Publishing Director, Eclipse Publishing & Media

We use Graham as a regular editor of our business reports, a task to which he brings both a keen eye for detail and an instinctive sense of style … He copes well with the vagaries of our ever-changing timelines, is able to handle challenges well beyond normal editorial services, and is always professional. I recommend him very highly.

C. J. Rowe, delivery and quality manager

Graham has copy-edited several books for us and his work has consistently been of a very high standard. His application of house style and attention to detail is nothing short of excellent and I am happy to recommend him.

Dean Rockett, Pitch Publishing

Graham's work has consistently been accurate, comprehensive and insightful. His can-do attitude and efficient approach make him a valuable asset to any publishing enterprise.

Editor, B2B content marketing agency

We three would like to thank you profusely for the detailed, expert work that you are doing on our book manuscript. Indeed, we are scratching our heads and trying to recall if any of us have ever seen better copy-editing!

Mary Elise Sarotte, Dean’s Professor of History, University of Southern California